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Kids Asking for Warm Coats

You can help keep kids warm this winter. A local teacher contacted us to ask for coats to keep her students warm.  Imagine, little kids who can't go outside because they don't have a coat or miss school because they caught a cold.  That's not acceptable.

Can you help?  Gently used or new, deliver coats to the United Way offices in Salinas or Monterey and we'll get them to the kids.

Thank YOU!!

10 jackets sized 5-7 for the small kids 5 girls, 5 boys
6 jackets sized 7-8 3 boys, 3 girls
6 jackets sized 8-10 3 boys, 3 girls

Bequests Benefit All

An excellent way for you to support United Way's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

Peace of Mind Gift Annuity

Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it. Over the years, the stock has increased in value many times.

Clara: I have enjoyed my home and I thought if I like my home, other people would like theirs. Because I was a happy homeowner, I purchased shares of stock in this homebuilder. It was a good investment.

Impact Monterey County Data Shows Why Stuff the Bus Matters

For the sixth year Stuff the Bus, a service of United Way Monterey County, is collecting school supplies to send children who are homeless or near homeless back to school ready to learn!  Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden of struggling families by providing a backpack with all the required supplies. It's more than a backpack, it promotes learning and helps kids stay in school.

12,220 Families Could Benefit from $21M EITC Tax Credits Left Unclaimed

Assemblyman Mark Stone will kick off the 2016 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) season on Friday, January 29 at the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas.  Hosted by the Tri-County VITA partners, the event celebrates EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Awareness Day.  Partners want to ensure that local taxpayers collect all the credits for which they are eligible – state and federal – so they can get the biggest refund possible.  New this yea

Homelessness in Our Community Affects Us All

According to the recently released Homeless Census, the number of individuals counted in Monterey County is 2,308.  For the purposes of the census, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines homelessness as “persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation,” but excludes multiple families housed together due to economic hardship -- an all-to-common circumstance in Monterey County.